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and congress do reach a deal on the fiscal cliff, what will it look like? we'll get some thoughts from the fox all-stars when we return. i put away money. i was 21, so i said, "hmm, i want to retire at 55." and before you know it, i'm 58 years old. time went by very fast. it goes by too, too fast. ♪ but i would do it again in a heartbeat. [ laughs ] ♪ ♪ >>> right now, as we speak, congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. so we really need to get this right. i can only do it with the help of the american people. so, tweet, what was that again? my2k. do what it takes to communicate a sense of urgency. we don't have a lot of time here. >> in order to come to an agreement, republicans are willing to put revenue on the table. time for the president and the democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. >> bret: some of the back and forth today the president calling on people to get involved including on twitter. this as he met this morning with unions and other liberal organizations to discuss the fiscal clif
by storm. struggling to get the fiscal cliff deal done. joining us, senior vice president of washington research, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. melissa: what do you read of the bits coming out, how do you think it is going the closer we are to reaching a deal. >> we are still weeks away from a deal. we will get something before christmas, but look at the thursday, friday, saturday before christmas. you look at the public statement, digested a little bit and kind of figure out what is going on behind the scenes. there have been talks going on behind the scenes, just don't thinthink they have all been as productive as we would like them to be yet. the real negotiating just beginning to pick up now. melissa: it seems like they're looking under every rock for more revenue. we were hearing about federal gas tax, talking but obviously raising taxes on anyone who makes more than $250,000 but you don't hear anything serious about cutting spending or entitlement or anything. >> i think the white house thinks we are in a better place than they were a year and a half ago so they're stayi
. call or click today. [ unting ] gerri: despite the calls from across the country, a fiscal cliff deal seems far away. should the g.o.p. surrender or stick to the principles? this is what some are posting. jake says the g.o.p. needs back to the core principles like making government work, balance the budgets with cuts and revenue increases. do not surrender, ever, stick to the core of smaller government, lower taxes. amen, lee. we asked and 5% said surrender, and 95% said stick to the principles. no surprise there. here's the e-mails. mike writes this, don't folks get it that government is not a producer, but a consumer? liberals view the government as an endless source of money which is why they riot in greece and spain because they bought into the notion that government is responsible for making their lilives comfortable. i'm a fan of cuts in everything other than defense. don from north carolina says democrats talk about raising the debt ceiling to $19 trillion. i doubt that rubber band can be stretched further before it snaps. i trust wal-mart bonds more than treasuries. ted says h
by christmas. oh, yeah. i guess i'm the tooth fairy. >> bill, so what do you do here with no fiscal cliff deal yet, with whispers of possibly the fed stimulating the economy even further, and with economic data pouring in almost daily that suggests we're still sputtering along? >> well, i tend to think 2013s going to be a great year. i'm not just looking at housing and employment. i'm looking at the architectural building index. there's stuff in the draw room. they're ready to bid out this winter and break ground in the spring. the republicans know that. the democrats know that. i would agree with rick. right now it's hard to imagine they can come up with something. we know they can. we know the democrats can say, okay, we'll give you something on means testing entitlements and we'll move the social security age up. republicans will say, we'll get rid of second mortgage deductions. they can do it. i don't think they really want to do it yet. so we just sit here sort of up 100, down 100. you know, just stand on the sidelines and wait until they figure it out. >> ryan, how are you allocating cap
, and the message no entitlement reform in any fiscal cliff deal. and more, ollie north on record gun sales, mike reagan on california and isaacs on warren buffett. here we go. "varney & company" is about to begin. looking for a better place to put your cash? here's one you may not he thght of -- fidelity. now you don't have to go a bank get the things you want from a bank, like no-fee atms all over the world. free checkwriting and mobile deposits. now depositing a check is easy as taking a picture. free online bill payments. a highly acclaimed credit card with 2% cash back into your fidelity account. open a fidelity cash management account day and discover another reason >> wednesday, november 28th a bombshell report from forbes this morning, 11 states are in a death spiral. don't buy a house and don't invest in their municipal bonds. california, new york, illinois, of course they're on the list and smaller states like mississippi and new mexico also on that death spiral list. and the problem with the states accord to go william baldwin, he wrote the story, more takers than makers and all have
. >> so is the president, the missing ingredient to really nailing down a fiscal cliff deal? could he end the drama right now if he stayed put in washington and held a series of face-to-face meetings with reid, mcconnell, boehner, and pelosi instead of his planned meetings this week with small business owners, business leaders and middle class americans, not to mention a trip scheduled for friday to pennsylvania. a state he won by five points in the election, to sell american voters on a tax plan he has very loudly and clearly said he's already sold them on. mark warner is a member of the senate's bipartisan gang of eight. they've been working to develop a deficit reduction plan. let me just ask you how you feel right now. 11 days since the president's met with congressional leaders face-to-face, do you think there needs to be more meetings like that right now? >> well, i think the president is doing the right thing. he's got to make the case to congress and the american people. not only of the dire consequences if we go over the cliff, but actually the tremendous upside. and one of the t
that could exist between europe and the u.s.? it seems like the u.s. has to deal with the fiscal cliff and there is not much room for mutual influence. if you don't have your house in order, you cannot speak to our problems. this does not covered in our media very much. >> thank you. let's go to illinois. we have the votes from the judges. >> can you guys hear me? what can parliament do to encourage [indiscernible] >> thank you. we will go right to the answers. >> you the unemployment, i spent a long time in entering what could we do to regain trust and growth. i made a proposal, and i repeat it. the european union, together with the states in which the youth unemployment is so crop -- so great, we should support those enterprises who employ young people with direct support financially for the enterprise, or with privilege and taxes. those are the two possibilities, but we should do it. the fight against unemployment, in my eyes, is the highest priority for the european union, or must be the highest priority for the european union. the international labor organization spoke about the l
the fiscal cliff voided and a deal cut sooner rather than later. i think it is particularly important that there are there were a lot of businesses involved in the room in retail. and it became clear to him that there was some ashurps before the holidays that people were going to have money in their pockets and there was going to be a positive environment for them to start spending their money and for all us businesses to succeed. i came away feeling really good about it. >> i'm happy to hear that, lisa. thank you for spending time with us, lisa goodbee, president of goodbee and associates. i apologize for calling you karen earlier. >>> it is cold, wet and snowy. the northeast blasted with good old-fashioned winter weather. now it's the west coast's turn to get smacked with heavy rains. the forecast is coming up. is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting client
to be there. republicans anyblicans are demanding in any fiscal cliff deal. o raisew never to raise taxes on the w o entitlement programs now gobbling up more than 60% of annual federal spending. that means the white house to dough if i liberal democrats or >> the p enrage republicans. ted to thesident is very committed to the proposition itht we can deal with these challenges if we come together oach.dopt a balanced approach. >> i may sound glib what i'm about to say but this white house is really serious about an issuewhen it goes to twitter. anew white house hash tag on preserving the middle class tax preserving. that's $2,000, average amount that taxes would rise if the bush era texas cuts are not ttended. eek white house plans to hammer its issue all week, believing it will increase its leverage later if it happens when tax cut talks get serious. >>> one possible idea to raise revenue is hitting millions of americans very close to home. congress has refused until now to touch the very popular mortgage interest deduction. millions of americans count on iscal cliffar. ath the fiscal cl
with some kind of a deal to assert spending cuts as part of the big fiscal cliff. no deal in sight yet. take a look at what happened on capitol hill yesterday. naked protestors stormed the office of house speaker john boehner. they are protesting cuts in healthcare they say but shows how any kind of spend wiing cut are nearly impossible these days and they are warming for the president's call to raise tax revenue. many democrats are emboldened since the election refusing to talk about any specific cuts to federal spending. >>> president obama and democrats ran on a promise of bush tax rates. president obama didn't hide that last year of the campaign every place he went that's what he talked about. americans when they voted raised their voices and supported our pledge congress acted in accordance with the will of the people. >>> there's a debate of how to raise taxes. if government spending isn't paired back in some way republicans may not fine off on a deal. >> oo we already know the president is a good campaigner. we congratulate him on his reelection. what we don't know is whether he has t
. in fact, just sit back, relax. the fiscal cliff is not a big deal. i'll quote one here. it's unlikely all of these bad things happen or stay in effect for an extended period of time. pundits call if the fiscal cliff smoke that is, instead of a cliff, the rising support for junking the fiscal approach as confusing and renaming it the austerity crisis or bomb. that's it. according to the u.s. news and world report, give the cliff another name, and that would change the entire impact on its problems. the reality, though, is this. you'll pay higher taxes in all likelihood. consider these numbers from the tax policy center. middle class earners, folks with an income of $64,000, their rate increased 3 #.8% or $2,000. upper middle class folks, $108,000 in income, family of four maybe, two people working, your rate is 4.2% or $3500. if you make more than half a million, watch for a more than 5 #% hike in taxes or $15,000 tax increase. in rich land, earners of more than $2.5, an 8% increase in the rate, and this is how much more you pay. this is what they call fair and equal, dividing all the resp
. the document warns the fiscal cliff would not only deal a heavy blow to the u.s. but might drag the global economy into recession. as for japan, the oect downgraded the outlook from 1.5% to 0.7%. they cited weak domestic demand. analysts urged the nation to compile detailed reliable plans for fiscal reform. u.s. consumer sentiment hit the highest level in more than four and a half years. researchers at analytics form the conference board say the consumer confidence index rose for a third straight month. the numbers rose to 73.7 in november, up from 73.1 in october. that's against a base value of 100 set in 1985. they say that the christmas shopping season started smoothly last weekend and the analysts are still concerned about the impact the fiscal cliff may have on consumer sentiment. the index is a key indicator of recovery and consumer spending which accounts for 70% of u.s. gross domestic product. now let's get a check on the markets. japanese stock prices are trading lower after four straight days of gains in the nikkei average is currently down half a percent at 9,375. now, investors
at odds to avoid a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. markets were spooked yesterday when harry reid said little progress has been made. the president today speaks at about 11:30 eastern on how potential tax hikes will hurt the middle class. obama will meet with the second group of ceos at 4:45 p.m. to get their input on how to solve the crisis. the group will include brian roberts, and yahoo!'s marisa meyer. for more, we're joined now by charles deebel. the president meeting today over the fiscal cliff. really the reason for the underperformance we've seen, not just in u.s. equities, but actually worldwide overnight. >> i think so, i think there's really a reevaluation with respect to europe going on as well, and having had a greek solution. and then they start to look at the rest of the eurozone, particularly spain. so you deal with one issue, but there are still plenty more stacked up behind. so that didn't help. but yeah, those comments clearly not constructive. it is the number one problem now having got to greece effectively out of the way, spain is on the back burner. the u.s.
. for the president, does he want to do this? he's going to have to cut a deal with republicans on the fiscal cliff. he has other big issues to deal with. he has several other cabinet nominees. does he want to dig in and pick a fight with someone he has personal loyalty to? what was the biggest problem, college educated women and people of color, do they want to oppose? both sides would have dicey political choices. there's a lot of talk in washington susan rice is undermined politically. it might hurt her in washington, but, wolf, you've covered world capitals. think about the world. if the president were to fight for her, again that's an if, people would say she's obviously his person, he's loyal to her. even someone like colin powell, people always wondered, am i talking to george w. bush or colin powell? will he be undermined by donald rumsfeld or dick cheney? if she wins, her stature might go up around the world. >> even if she were to be confirmed with let's say 60 votes, five republicans would jump and endorse her, the secretary of state supposed to represent everyone be a bipartisan leader
its act together on the fiscal cliff but a deal may finally be in reach and senator john barrasso joins us with an update. that is coming up next. >>> plus a sixth straight day of protests against egyptian president morsi. we'll tell you how his most powerful opponents are now planning to rein him in. more "money" coming up. ♪ ♪ . melissa: and now, to the fiscal cliff. things seem to take a 180 as news out of the white house indicated progress, made. earlier senator orrin hatch said both sides were about 23 dal billion away from a deal. that sounds like a lot. in washington that is nothing, going over the cliff. we were looking more than 600 dal billion in tax increases and spending cuts. wall street was pleased what they heard today. the president is meeting with top ceos as we speak. make of that what you like. with his take, wyoming senator john barrasso. thanks for coming back to the show. we always appreciate your time. >> thank you, melissa. melissa: what do you think? are we getting closer? to me 23 dal billion, that is a little money. but to you guys that is coins in t
lawmakers to get a deal done and avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> next stop, the white house later this afternoon. good afternoon, everybody. i'm tyler mathisen. it is a big day in this national discussion about how washington can avoid the fiscal cliff. some of the senators in the center of the debate will be stopping by. we may hear from some ceos this hour. we do expect to hear from some of them at a press conference later this hour. the president, by the way, weighed in on the debate this morning as well. sue, a busy day down here in washington. >> it sure is, ty. indeed it is here as well. we are going to be joined by a very special guest, noted author and investor nassem taleb. after dropping more than 100 points in the early going, the dow sittingality the highs of the day. it's been an extremely volatile trading session, we're up just about 80 points or so. bob pisani joins me from the floor of the nyse. bob, they're parsing every word coming out of capitol hill and house speaker boehner giving a boost to the markets a bit ago. >> he did. he is a little more optimistic. but we're being bl
-called fiscal cliff accelerate, our first read team notes they're basing the bases for what deal is made and include democratic senator durbin and republican congressman cole. over the last few days both indicated they're willing to compromise and cross the aisle to strike a deal. joining me now, nbc news senior political director mark murray. we have talked about the republican base perhaps learning lessons after the election, learning that it may not always be wise to sign a pledge if you don't want to be dedicated to it for 20 decades. but we have not talked a lot about the democratic base and folks on the left who may end up with a deal they don't like. >> you've seen some big hints and yesterday another one of senator dick durbin giving a speech at the liberal center for progress and prepared remarks saying there would probably need, progressives looking at long-term entitlement reform, maybe not a quick patch for the fiscal cliff immediately but sm something in a long-term deal and president obama made it clear he wants reform. the devil's in the details and republicans want some m
when everyone smells the jet fuel and gets ready to cut a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff? some days it feels that way. the president is stepping up his pr effort today delivering remarks this morning surrounded by, quote, middle class americans who will see their taxes go up if no deal is done. he'll sit down with more than a dozen ceos hater today including several who were prominent supporters of mitt romney. the white house even has a new hash tag called #pound#my2k. i asked jay carney whether this is just a game of running out the clock until the real negotiations begin in late december. is everything just killing time until the deadline comes? >> no. >> it seems everybody -- >> it doesn't feel like killing time. >> killing time until the final week and the jet fumes of the airport and then everybody will sit down and hammer this out. >> well, look, here's a fact, the president has on the table a proposal that reduces the deficit by $4 trillion. that is substance. so he has not waited for people to start smelling the jet fumes at national airport. he has actively put
believed lawmakers could arrive at a framework of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. one analyst said we're all on pins and needles waiting for every bit of news or rumors coming out of washington. the dow is up 79. the nasdaq is up 14. s & p is up 7. >>> 400,000 unemployed californians are also closely watching the fiscal cliff negotiations in washington, d.c. that's because emergency federal unemployment benefits are due to expire december 29, unless congress extends them. in california notices of the possible loss of benefits are in the mail this week. >>> powerball ticket sales are soaring today as the clock ticks down to tonight's drawing of a record jackpot. people all over the country are joining the rush to get rich. the powerball pay off has ballooned to more than $550 million. it's still growing. there are no powerball tickets sold in california. one of eight state that is don't sell powerball tickets. many are are relying on out of state friends to buy them a ticket. others are taking a trip to oregon to buy their chance at the good life. >>> today, a live look outside shows t
that is going to affect your taxes in just 34 days. that is the so-called fiscal cliff: automatic tax increases and federal budget cuts that will be imposed unless president obama and congress can make a deal on budget reform. not even everyone in the president's own party is with him on this and nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, a rift has opened up between the white house and liberal democrats over what should be on the table in these talks. some democrats even say they're willing to let all the bush tax cuts expire, at least temporarily, even if they don't get the deal they want. senator patti murray of washington state is one of them. she says negotiations should focus far more on raising tax revenue than cutting spending. republicans are calling democrats like you "thelma and louise" democrats because you've expressed a willingness to go off the fiscal cliff. >> i'm willing to take a very tough stand and say to those on the other side that we are not going to accept an unfair deal that hurts middle-class america today and protect the wealthiest amer
republicans are holding up a deal on the so- called fiscal cliff. republicans said they do not understand why democrats are looking to change the rules on filibusters. this is 20 minutes. >> we had a meeting with the four leaders up here at the white house, it went very well. the problem was that was before thanksgiving. and since that time, there has been little progress with the republicans, which is a disappointment to me. we only have a couple of weeks to get something done. we have to get away from the happy talk and start talking about specific things. and one month taxes are set to rise for all americans. we passed in the -- we passed in the senate a piece of legislation to protect people making less than $250,000 a year. we have rejected on a bipartisan basis the republicans' efforts to extend the tax cuts for everybody. those are the two majors we have dealt with on the senate floor. if we fail to reach an agreement, the average middle- class family will see their taxes go up by 2,200 a year. as i have indicated, the senate has acted to stop that and the house is one vote away from m
with dozens of ceos and he will talk about how to deal with that looming fiscal cliff. the president will meet with middle-class americans who will see their taxes go up if congress does not take action. >>> egyptians are once again expressing their anger towards president mohamed morsi. 200,000 people were there yesterday and they are protesting the decision by the newly elected president by granting sweeping powers. again, people out there have a live look and protesters have clashed with police and just today the highest appeals court are now suspending their work until president mohamed morsi rescind his decree. >>> in san diego chile, the new law would establish fishing quotas which discriminates against them in favor of large scale operations. they also say it. >> would require them to use gps which a system they can't afford. >>> rice is trying to explain why she gave what she now acknowledges is an incorrect explanation of the 9/11 deadly attack on the u.s. consulate. she did not win over john mccain and lindsay graham in her meeting yesterday and the senators remain troubled by rice's
house and avoiddthe fiscal cliff. looking at the oneesentence in that one word, optimism. >> that is right, with the president's remarks that he would like to see framework to avoid the fiscal cliff by christmas. sitting treasury debt up to capitol hill tomorrow to meet with congressional leaders, democrats and republicans. in the meantime the president keeping up the pressure on republicans from here to extend expiring tax cuts for middle-class taxpayers, but let them expire for wealthier taxpayers. take a listen. >> the place where we already have and three complete agreement right now is on middle-class taxes. as i have said before, we have two choices. if congress does nothing, every family in america will see the taxes automatically go up the beginning of next year. >> as we have been reporting all day, the president set to meet with a bunch of ceos of major corporate leaders here that will probably start wondering about 90 minutes to get underway around 4:45 here at the white house, 14 of them showing up including the ceo of yahoo, merck, coca-cola, at&t and lloyd g
middle income families. >> you said today that congress should deal with the fiscal cliff crisis now, but tackle entitlements, the entitlement questions, later. yesterday, senator lamar alexander said the only thing the president has to do to get an agreement from republicans now is in his words, propose a reasonable way, a reasonable way to control entitlement spending. so is this a catch 22? who bends here? >> i don't expect us to have entitlement reform before december 31st. this is too technical, too important. let's do it right. but i do believe and i said it, any long term deficit reduction will require entitlement reform for one simple reason. medicare untouched, unchanged, runs out of money in 12 years. we need to take a hard look at it to find ways to preserve this important program, have savings that don't hurt the beneficiaries, and actually do reduce the deficit in the process. >> what about those republican critics, senator, who say it's not possible to make any real progress without -- on spending, shall we say, without seriously addressing the medicare, the medicaid, m
, is that there is a deadline on the so-called fiscal cliff which is if you don't deal with those tax changes in short term. then you go off the cliff. and that could have a strong impact on the economy meaning the white house believes there will be a political backlash against republicans if the president can blame them for going over the cliff and holding out. we'll see, there may be republicans like john boehner and eric cantor say we are not going to give in and maybe we'll go off the deliver. earlier todayers ski today -- es said there is a chance we are going over the cliff. that can rattle markets. megyn: a new piece of polling from rasmussen reports suggests that half -- suggests a growing number of americans are worried the economy will be worse off a year from now. 50% express that concern. that, 27% increase from october. just 34% think the economy will be stronger. that pop comes as one of the writers at "forbes" magazine identified a phenomenon called the death spiral states. these are 11 states where private sector workers are outnumbered by people dependent on the government. if you plan on
avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if there is no deal we will all see tax hikes and government will cut spending beginning january. president obama has also called apple's ceo cook to get his input. >>> 5:17. first of a series of storms is arriving in the bay area now. >> not that we want to panic when the national weather service calls it a river of rain -- >> many terms, atmospheric river, pineapple express, we don't like those terms. it puts everybody in a panic we will get through this. live look right now from our sutro camera, wind warning along the coast. you can see heaviest cells offshore from the north coast, mendocino, sonoma, marin light rain around the bay continuing to develop. closer look from sea ranch, fort ross, highway 1, bodega bay, wet around windsor over the richmond san rafael bridge, lighter returns the blue here pinole wet weather into the east bay 680 looking at wet weather as well as milpitas and down around the south a from pescadero. wind advisory is going to keep temperatures up, gusty south winds already 57 oakland half moon bay 55 napa, temperatures have
or twitter, or email us at mornings@cbs5.com. >> still no deal on capitol hill to avoid that "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year. some republicans have said they are willing to consider some tax increase but they are insisting on larger budget cuts to benefit programs which of course the democrats oppose. if all sides can't agree on a spending plan before year's end the automatic tax hikes and across-the-board budget cuts kick in. >> we must do everything we can to ensure that middle class families are not hit with $2,200 a year in tax increases. >> i hope cooler heads will prevail as we move through the process. we need to be working together. >> president obama is trying to generate public support for his ideas. he is going to meet with corporate executives today at the white house, then travel to pennsylvania friday to push for highers taxes for the wealthy. >>> susan rice on capitol hill today again to meet with lawmakers. the u.n. ambassador is trying to explain comments she made shortly after attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. yesterday she met with three of her stro
this one to sell his plan for dealing with the fiscal cliff, we will hear from the president at the white house this hour. connell: and the powerball lotterr everybody is talking about is creating a frenzy, but we have a reality check today with another big story we have been following. it would run the government for an hour and 15 minutes. dagen: and it would last me for half a year. charlie gasparino on the future of the firm and the leader. connell: we start things off with nicole petallides. stocks nowwevery 15 minutes. dagen: good morning. nicole: good morning. we are certainly embedded that3 story. but i wanted to take a look at the broader market. you see they are improving some. pertaining to the fiscal cliff, it really is a market moving event. you have john boehner talking but he is optimistic a deal can be reached. this comes on the heels of yesterday when you had harry reid expressing caution about the fact things ar were nt going that well. we are seeing the market to the downside, they have improved and you can see it spiked up. alaska mitra said to them. dagen
reportedly said they will insist republicans deal with the debt ceiling now as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations and not later. also today, aflcio local leaders from 33 states are putting pressure on congressional lawmakers to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy and keep social security off the table. let's turn to james hoffa, general president of international brotherhood of teamsters. always a pleasure. good to have you with us. sometimes when you get politicians and supporters and voters, it's like hurting cats, so to speak. everybody goes in their own direction and they all want their own thing. how do you feel right now about the unity of where this is going for the democrats? what's your understanding of how the white house meeting went today? >> right now, people are saying we have to stand tall. we had an election. these were the issues in the election. what organized labor is doing is urging this administration to stand tall. that was the message that was delivered today. we won and these were the issues. they wanted to send you a voucher for your medicare. they w
are on the right place. >> david cay, let's talk about the fiscal cliff negotiation. what if we do not get a deal? what does that do to the economy? all taxes are going to be going up. going to be $4 trillion in the economy. that would fix a lot of stuff. but obviously the concern is we may fall into a deep recession. what's your take on all that? >> people's paychecks will immediately experience -- they will be a little smaller. 2 percentage points more and your tax cut will be higher. but congress can change the tax law. remember, the republicans themselves did this when they raised taxes on teenagers who work six years ago. so the immediate effect is less than the boogeyman effect. the thing to watch for is do the democrats and president obama hold firm or do they betray the people who put them in office? >> would it be a betrayal at this point, do you think? >> if we come up with a gimmick that really makes the tax burden not fall on the very wealthiest of people. but on upper middle class americans and middle class americans, that would be something of a betrayal, yes. >> what does this do t
before taxes. >>> the looming fiscal cliff is one reason you may want to take that lump sum. if no deal is reached, and taxes go up, most financial advisers say that could cost the winner millions. >>> and with that fiscal cliff ahead, president obama is mounting a full-court press, making his case for higher taxes on wealthier americans, even as critics accuse him of being back in campaign mode. he'll meet today with mittle-class meshes who taxes will go up if there's no deal by the end of the year. and he talked to high-powered ceos about cutting the nation's deficit. >>> susan rice, who is the front-runner to be the next secretary of state, is back to capitol hill for more meetings with some of her harshest critics. the topic this time, her comments after the attack on the consulate in libya on september 11th. tahman bradley has the latest from washington. >> reporter: u.n. ambassador susan rice faces more tough diplomacy on capitol hill. rice is the leading candidate for secretary of state in president obama's second term. but prominent gop lawmakers are trying to stop her from gett
their input how to grow the economy and how to deal with that looming fiscal cliff. they are saying taxes will go up if congress does not act. >>> still on the scene of a fire that may have been intentionally started inside a classroom at alameda high school. brian flores joins us with more on why the fire was considered suspicious. >> reporter: it looks like police investigators are here now continuing to gather any evidence they can from this suspicious early morning fires. now let's go to video we shot earlier this morning. according to investigators, the fire started roughly around 3:00 a.m. this morning and one of the classrooms had flames coming out of it from a nearby window and they quickly put it out but what they found was one of the windows was opened and it leads officials to believe it is suspicious in nature. >> we had a fire alarm at the alameda high school and we came here and found a fire and put the fire out and the fire is suspicious in nature. >> reporter: now in terms of damage several books were burned and a window was damaged. police believe there may have been smal
going to be bullied off by the republicans to try and do a deal to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff? >> the president has been quite clear that he wants a balanced approach to our deficit problems, that he wants higher revenue raised from increasing taxes for the top 2%, the most fortunate americans, and spending cuts so that we are on a fiscally sustainable path. >> but what happens if the republicans get to december 30th and say no deal? we are not going to sign up to anything that involves genuinely increasing taxation even for the 2%? what is plan b? >> well, first of all, i don't think that's in the country's best interest, and i think we've heard from republicans that they are finally talking about raising revenue from upper income families, so these are solvable problems and we are doing our best to try to solve them. >> right. but everyone is getting very tired of this groundhog day fiscal cliff scenario. i feel like i've been covering this my entire life. there's got to be a sense in washington of the public just wanting this to be settled sooner rather than later. a show o
out a deal on the fiscal cliff. but republicans are angry that president obama is going back on the road this week to seek support, build support among the american people for that tax break for 98% of americans. mitch mcconnell insists president obama instead should be sitting down with him and john boehner. baloney! president obama learned a long time ago didn't he, that any time spent time with mitch mcconnell and john boehner is a total waste of time. we'll get into that and a whole lot more. first, take time out here at the top of the hour to get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa. good morning. >> hey bill, good morning everyone. congress is back in session and bill mentioned what we're seeing from the republicans. here's what we're seeing from the democrats. they are starting to draw a hard line over entitlement benefits now during the talks over the fiscal cliff. their latest message to republicans is hands off. both social security and medicare.
cam plain about we would like to be consulted on fiscal cliff. neil: a lot of ceos have been splitting with us on this show, just make a deal, but others say, you know, neil, do not make a stupid dial, do not make it tax hikes, that means, credit rating agencies come and lower your credit rating anyway because have you not addressed spending do you worry about that? >> i do, and i worry about fact we're in a industry, that is both franchise and food industry, fan of choice franchise industry has 9 million jobs, and restaurant industry has 13 million. that is the second biggest afternoon the government. and that is why i think we need to be consulted, we worry about it nim camp that you need revenue increases, and cost savings, like running a, you need the gas pedal pushed down, and brake peddle. neil: they to not know anything about that? >> i think both parties are talking about balance this time, i'm on the optimist excite. >> one last question, dunkin' donuts, you were fit, do you just run like 80-miles a day. >> 3 hours a week, a work out, but it comes back, all about balance, we h
-called fiscal cliff, but kicking the can down the room with a gimmick-filled back room deal that won't solve the true problems we face as a country. it's time to return to the mind-set that president kennedy spoke of in the year i was born in 1961, instead of holding out your hand for a check, we should all be asking what we can do to make this a better country to live in. here with the latest on the fiscal cliff, the showdown, much more, stuart varney from the fox business network and the cohost of "the five," dana perino. can i have free birth control, free healthcare? what's snowpacked. >> i don'what's happened?>> i dy wakes up in the morning, saying what can the government to give to me? there's still self determination to get ahead, but the government sits like a lead weight on our ankles. particularly if you get into a situation where the government is not just your safety net, but becomes part of your everyday life for maybe a generation or two, it becomes harder to break that cycle. >> look, i think deep down america knows that what's going on is wrong. i don't see great enthusiasm a
as the fiscal cliff, quickly approaching both sides seem to think of a way to push for the deal they want is to take their case to the american public. today, the white house announced the president will travel to a manufacturing facility in pennsylvania on friday for campaign-style event designed to boost public support for a package that includes tax rate increases for the wealthy. not to be outdone speaker boehner announced that house republicans would be making similar appearances across the country, going to small businesses to speak about the "threat to jobs posed by congressional democrats" small business tax hike. while members of congress plan to take their case to the american people, the afl-cio is planning to take the american people to members of congress sending 33 local union leaders to capitol hill to push members of congress to let the bush tax cuts expire and leave social security untouched. one positive to emerge from negotiations so far has been that for the first time in recent memory, republicans have
a bad deal on december 15th for face-saving on the january 1 fiscal cliff drop dead date. >> eliot: you're among the group that have been called the cliff jumpers. i don't know how you take that phrase but you've been willing to say let's go over the cliff. it will not be as dangerous and as cataclysmic as people are saying. >> i'm in good company. warren buffett. basically this artificial deadline is not a cliff. it is a slope. the bottom line is we've got to get a good deal. something that is sustainable and durable and not hit the panic button and then try to spin what is a bad deal as a good deal because that won't be sustainable after january 1st. >> eliot: that's not only correct on substance. unless we say that, the other side will stick us up and hold us to the deadline and get us to flinch at the end which unfortunately has been the history of the white house in the last couple of years. your wisdom there, i hope they're listening loud and clear to you congressman. >> thank you. >> eliot: congr
or five or six months. >>neil: so you are not in the patty murray camp who says, maybe risk fiscal cliff situation where you just blow past the deadline and everything, the cuts go in effect, the rates become idea, and then you can put together a deal that makes more sense, in this case for the democrats' liking. >>guest: i understand that viewpoint and there will be people on both sides that will say let the bad stuff go in effect and that will put pressure on everyone. that is another alternative. but the risk there is the economy goes back into another recession, the storm market falls and you get real problems so that, to me, that is a pretty big risk to take. >>neil: thank you, dick gephardt. >> remember the white house warning that you don't get progress on the cliff, you are going to see less spending in the fors. a life jet maker did not get that memo because it sent up a storm. >> we are coming to you from sunny los angeles, at lax, and private aviation is booming. europe is announcing, did you see this, of course, vistajet, sit down, now, get a led of this, an $8 billion deal t
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